What are the Gay Games?

The Gay Games is a world-class sport and cultural festival organised by the LGBT community every 4 years. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexual orientation, ability, gender, age or race. The Gay Games were intended, in the spirit of Tom Waddell, to build bridges between heterosexual and LGBT sports associations and to go beyond sport to give birth to an ambitious social project. The core mission of the Gay Games is to promote equality of human beings through organisation and participation in the international sport and cultural event.  The spirit of equality is enshrined in the Games’ principle of inclusion for individual differences.  Athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, age, level of ability and other differences, are welcome to participate in the Games.  The Games would not be able come into place  unless everyone is involved.   


Founded in San Francisco in 1982, the Gay Games have become the world’s largest sporting and cultural event led by LGBT athletes, artists, and musicians. The event was most recently hosted in 2014 in Cleveland (USA), and involved over 8,800 individuals from 60 countries competing in 37 sport disciplines. The Gay Games pumped half a billion Hong Kong dollars into the local economy. The festival covers 3 themes: Sports, Arts & Culture and Academic Conference. The next Gay Games will be held in Paris in 2018 and anticipates 15,000 participants.

Hong Kong Gay Games in 2022!

Hong Kong is truly an iconic and world-class city. From the instantly recognizable urban landscape, to the harbour and mountains, unrivaled transport infrastructure, wide range of sport facilities, entertainment venues and huge accommodation capacity Hong Kong can cater for every requirement of the Gay Games’ events. The unquenchable drive and spirit of our city will provide a unique environment for the Games. “Participation, inclusion and personal best” are the core values of the Federation of Gay Games. We believe those values chime with the spirit of Hong Kong. We want to bring the Games to our city to showcase LGBT+ sporting and cultural organisations especially in Asia. The Hong Kong Bid was against 8 other cities in the world but we are the first and only Asian city that had ever bid. This effort in itself was a milestone for our LGBT+ community. The bid proposal included 36 sports including Dragon Boating, Trail Running and Tower Run ICC. We expect up to 15,000 participants and 25,000 spectators who will bring up to Hong Kong Dollars 1 billion to the local economy.

Our Hong Kong Bidding Team
​Current Status and Timelines

April-Nov 2016 

OiHK will work together (with support of the Federation of Gay Games) on the bidding book

30th June 2016 

Registration fees USD 2,500 (completed)

31st July 2016 

Registration fees USD 5,000 (completed)

30th Nov 2016 

Registration fees USD 7,500 and submit bidding book (completed)

Feb 2017 

Federation of Gay Games will announce short-list of 3 cities

March 2017 

Short listed Bidding Organizations to submit a signed License Agreement as in the version submitted as part of RFP, accompanied by a signed Side Letter (Registration fees USD 15,000)

Apr-May 2017 

Site Visits to Short-Listed Bidding Organizations

October 2017 

Hong Kong awarded the host city for Gay Games 2022

August 2018 

Paris Gay Games 2018 and hand over to Hong Kong


A Gay Games - isn’t this discrimination?

  • The Games get their name because they are a sporting and cultural festival run by the LGBT community, for everyone, to promote the values of inclusion, participation and building a tolerant community through shared participation in sport.


A ‘Gay Olympics’ – are gay people not allowed at the Olympics?

  • ‘Gay Olympics' is just a nickname for the Gay Games. With 10,000 participants from over 60 countries taking part in over 30 sports, it's a big multi-sport international event, like those more famous Games.

  • Gay people can participate in the Olympics and do. For example, Matthew Mitcham won gold for Australia in diving.


Where does the idea come from?

  • Sadly homophobia can be an issue. Either in sport or in people’s memory of homophobic bullying related to sport in school. But gay people like to be fit and active like anyone else. As a result, over time, lots of sports groups have been set up for the LGBT community and their supporters.  

  • The concept of the Gay Games is for LGBT run sport groups to come together to celebrate their passion for building community through sport. One thing we love about the idea is that anyone can participate regardless of sexuality or physical ability.